The Egyptian Air Force signed an agreement to purchase drones, believed to be the Wing Loong II attack-reconnaissance UAVs, from China’s National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC).
The agreement was signed Commander of Egyptian air forces, Mohamed Abbas and CATIC officials on the sidelines of the EDEX 2018 exhibition held in Cairo earlier this week, an official announcement said.
CATIC had displayed a model of the Wing Loong II drone at the EDEX exhibiton, though the company made no announcement of a sale to Egypt. The Wing Loong drone is said to compete in features with the Predator medium altitude long range (MALE) drone made by the US firm, General Atomics.
Last month, the Egyptian Ministry of Defence had shown a video of the Wing Loong drone, taking off with missiles on its hard-points and knocking off a ground target. The publicity video was telecast on Egyptian media on the occasion of the 45th Air Force Day.
The publication of the video indicates that Egypt may already be in possession of the drones and may have signed up to buy more or them. Besides the Wing Loong, CATIC also manufactures the Harrier, a reconnaissance drone capable of long endurance.
Chinese firms generally do not announce sales of military wares to foreign countries. Information published in international media is shared in state-owned Chinese publications with local defence experts commenting on the possible sale.
Egypt has announced it has inducted Chinese-made Wing Loong Attack drones into its Air Force. Video of the Wing Loong drone, taking off with missiles on its hard-points and knocking off a ground target was shown as part of a publicity video telecast on Egyptian media on the occasion of the 45th Air Force Day
Pakistan will buy 48 Chinese Wing Loong II reconnaissance and strike medium altitude, long endurance (MALE) drones in the largest such arms deal of its kind between the two countries. Reports in the Chinese media attributed the information about the sale to a posting on the official Facebook account of the Pakistan Air Force's Sherdils Aerobatic Team on Sunday without giving out information about the value of the deal
Chinas AVIC announced Thursday that it will launch an upgraded version of the domestically-developed Wing Loong UAS family in 2018, local media reports. The new modernized Wing Loong ID UAV will conduct its maiden flight and enter the market in 2018, Xinhua reports quoting AVIC delegates at the Wing Loong UAS Development Conference on Thursday
The Wing Loong II unmanned aerial system (UAS) has hit five targets in succession with five different types of missiles in a single sortie, setting a new live firing record for Chinese UAS, its manufacturer, State-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) said. After multiple rounds of flight and firing tests, the Wing Loong II UAS has conducted firing tests with eight types of missiles and dozens of bombs, with a hit rate of 100 percent, the Xinhua News Agency reported, citing the State-owned aviation giant of Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC)
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